Google has announced that it is acquiring Owlchemy Labs, creators of Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.
(CCM) — Google has given a signal that it has huge ambitions for virtual reality with the announcement that has acquired Owlchemy Labs. The VR studio is best for known for creating award-winning games, including Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Relja Markovic, Google's engineering director for VR, explained the company's plans for Owlchemy in a blog post. "Together, we'll be working to create engaging, immersive games and developing new interaction models across many different platforms to continue bringing the best VR experiences to life. There is so much more to build and learn, so stay tuned!" she said. The news comes just days after Facebook's Oculus announced that it is to close its Story Studio VR studio.
An Owlchemy spokesperson said that the company will continue to build VR content for the HTC Vive, Facebook's Oculus, and PlayStation VR. They added that the company will also continue to focus on applications with hand interactions in the virtual spaces created by the applications.
Google is already heavily involved in the field of virtual reality through YouTube, Street View, Photos on Daydream, Google Earth VR, and an art application called Tilt Brush. This was developed by the Skillman & Hackett studio, which was acquired by Google in 2015. It also works with partners and supports external developers and creators to help them to create VR applications.
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